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When It Comes To Race, Eating Disorders Don't Discriminate

People with eating disorders are too often portrayed as white, skinny young women. One group is trying to spread the word that eating disorders affect people of every race, gender and body size.
Source: Sara Ariel Wong for NPR

Karla Mosley wants you to know that people with eating disorders look like her too.

"I'm a woman of color and I certainly didn't know that people like me had eating disorders," she says. "I thought it was a white, rich, female, adolescent disorder."

Only one of those identifiers fits Mosley who's black and binged and purged for years. But Mosley, an actor and a regular on the day time soap, The Bold and the Beautiful, is sharing her story of battling bulimia and getting her health back.

She's part of a growing movement of people of color working to raise awareness in their own communities, and among researchers in the field, about how these disorders affect people of all backgrounds — and body types.

Mosley says she struggled for

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